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  1. Paul T

    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    So, the good news: my new job as a teacher has been every bit as stressful as you'd think, battling with unreliable public transport requiring a hike over Blackheath every day, and while every day is pretty inspiring I collapse in an exhausted heap at the end and count the days until my next holiday. So my somewhat undersized jeans fit pretty much perfectly, with - Volvo - no muffin top. Bad news: no time for photos and a 3-day a week jeans regime. But here we are. Love to all.
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    Looking great folks. Definitely getting a period look on the denim now it's fading in.
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Ah, the last of the Cone. I actually have a pair of cut-offs in that fabric, from a factory fault, it's beautiful, and takes lots of washing. lovely pockets on those pairs, too, although some of those imperfections ain't too subtle.
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Looking amazing, sir!
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    Incidentally, this was very tight while drying. But now is relatively slack. So the fabric does have a good amount of give (this was a long-ish cold-ish soak only).
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    Definitely not posting a fit pic now.
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    Just got mine. 31 post wash measures a not generous 31 pre wash. There does seem to be room in the thighs and seat so I should be able to work with this, I figure they'll be an inch smaller in the waist than my LVC. Time to get out the ply and jigsaw. My pocket bags are lovely, olive green and hickory stripe. My number seems to have changed from #14 to #125, sadly. Gone back to ancient habits, warm soak. Given London's weather, who knows when they will be dry.
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Sept 13 sounds right to me @robroy I'm certain your jeans [with the mis-mismatched salvage] are legit. R code is normal from 2004 or so. I think it's a simple operator error at Cone, dropping the wrong spool in (perhaps it's possible they used a wrong bit of fabric at the factory in which case you'd see different textures from each side of the leg). THey don't have any of the normal fake tell-tales. @andyrcii sorry if it looked as if my post was directed at you. Nice jeans. All 505 fabric (sanforized) is Kaihara.
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    Ladies high end repro vintage denim

    there was a big fanfare when the 701 came out in 36/7, features in Vogue, with lovely illustrations. I didn't know that the 401 was the same jean, I thought it was a more budget model but it's a long time since I've looked at them. The idea of a front fly was regarded as very edgy. So a lot of contemporary jeans including Lee had a zip up the side, presumably to make it harder to fornicate. Lots of sex involved, as the 701 became the obligatory wear for heading to a dude ranch in Nevada where you could have fun while waiting out your divorce. So very racy - and also the first time jeans really became a fashion item. The original 701s do look great, you could still buy 50s examples in the 2000s for less than today's repro prices and wear them, as they're not as collectable as the 501, and the cut still looked fantastic. They might well have been Levi's first Sanforised jeans too. There are a few items from the Western catalogues of the time that aren't fully documented in the regular cagtalogues (might have been sold through a different wholesaling channel) so there's a delicious mystery about them.
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    Ladies high end repro vintage denim

    Don't understand this post. Levi's released the 701 Lady Levi's, Sanforized, buckle back, pink selvage, around 1937 iirc. There was also a budget model, the 401, likewise buckle back.
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    yay, great jeans, as we recently discussed, nice catch! Are they NWT and were therefore rinsed? My recollection is that all the repros were, but could be wrong.
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Hmmm. I am not sure how much mine shrank from raw to soak. But it was from soak to machine wash that there seemed to be a big change. It was dirty and folks on here told me off and to wash it properly. I don't like it quite as much now, although the fade is good. It's synthetic indigo. If you do decide to keep I reckon cold handwash only is the way. The natural indigo 1880s are actually quite dark and purple in comparison. They're showing a bit of crocking already after only a couple of months.
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    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    I've advised buyers that boots were too small, using measurements, they bought them anyway, and returned as too small. I'm too paranoid about neg feedback to do otherwise. So usually I have standard wording saying no questions asked returns, but they pay postage both ways, and that normally provides sufficient disincentive for them to return. It's the loss pf postal costs rather than having to re-list that's a pain
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Yes. Mine shrank quite a lot for a 30 wash compared to initial soak. In length and width.
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    It's a plane... being flown by cats. Cats.
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